Jesus! What a Friend For Sinners!

Also known as “Our Great Savior”, this hearty hymn of praise for Jesus has a tune easily learned and loved by adults and little ones alike. Children will catch the tune quickly, making this 19th century hymn a wonderful tool for pointing young hearts to the Savior.

Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Saviour, makes me whole.

Hallelujah! what a Saviour!
Hallelujah, what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.

Jesus! what a strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in him;
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
He, my strength, my vict’ry wins.  Refrain

Jesus! what a help in sorrow!
While the billows o’er me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my comfort, helps my soul.  Refrain

Jesus! what a guide and keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night o’ertakes me,
He, my pilot, hears my cry.  Refrain

Jesus! I do now receive him,
More than all in him I find,
He hath granted me forgiveness,
I am his, and he is mine.  Refrain

~ J. Wilbur Chapman, American, 1910

Read more about this hymn at Hymnary

Listen to a contemporary recording by Matthew Smith:

Fiametta Singing by Marie Spartali Stillman, 1879

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